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A Film Unfinished

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Sun, May 2 2:00 PM
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Wed, May 5 8:00 PM
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89 minutes | German English Hebrew Polish Yidish  | Canadian Premiere | Rating: 18A

Yael Hersonski’s haunting visual indictment masterfully deconstructs the now-infamous unfinished Nazi propaganda film about Jewish life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Discovered years after the war, without a soundtrack, the film has become a resource for historians and documentary filmmakers studying the Holocaust. Ironically, the film is entirely a Nazi fabrication of ghetto life: well-dressed Jews smile as they walk indifferently past the dead bodies of compatriots on the street. So wherein lies the truth? Hersonski screens each of the four reels for survivors who were in the ghetto at the time, scrutinizing each skewed or horrific scene as they recall actual events. These remembrances are layered with powerful testimonials from the original SS cameraman and a guilt-ridden Jewish commander who reveal the manipulations behind each deception. While the Nazis were innovators of propaganda, A Film Unfinished cuts through the film’s contortions and never loses sight of what is true. - Karina Rotenstein

Subjects :

Yael Hersonski

Noemi Schory
Itay Ken Tor

Yael Hersonski

Itay Ne'eman

Joëlle Alexis

Ishai Adar

Aviv Aldema

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